Women are 50.8% of the U.S. population, yet:
– They earn almost 60% of undergraduate degrees, and 60% of all master’s degrees.
– They earn 47% of all law degrees, and 48% of all medical degrees.
– They earn more than 44% of master’s degrees in business and management, including 37% of MBAs.
– They are 47% of the U.S. labor force, and 59% of the college-educated, entry-level workforce.
Although they hold almost 52% of all professional-level jobs, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions:
– They are only 14.6% of executive officers, 8.1% of top earners, and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs.
– They hold just 16.9% of Fortune 500 board seats.
– In the financial services industry, they make up 54.2% of the labor force, but are only 12.4% of executive officers, and 18.3% of board directors. None are CEOs.
– They account for 78.4% of the labor force in health care and social assistance but only 14.6% of executive officers and 12.4% of board directors. None, again, are CEOs.
– In the legal field, they are 45.4% of associates—but only 25% of nonequity partners and 15% of equity partners.
– In medicine, they comprise 34.3% of all physicians and surgeons but only 15.9% of medical school deans.
– In information technology, they hold only 9% of management positions and account for only 14% of senior management positions at Silicon Valley startups.
– Although women control 80% of consumer spending in the United States, they are only 3% of creative directors in advertising.
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